You know you’re a hockey geek when…
- You buy a copy of THN’s 2010 draft preview issue and watch the NHL draft (both days) while following along with their predictions.
- You get up at 7 a.m. and drive an hour and a half to watch a bunch of 20-year-olds run through skating drills.
Summer hockey! Woohoo!
- You call your local sports talk radio show to discuss the development camp and one of the hosts asks you to be his NHL fantasy team partner.
- You DVR your team’s playoff run on the NHL Network and watch the games they won over and over.
- You keep checking ESPN’s NHL Rumor Central even though you swore you wouldn’t because it’s nothing but speculative bullcrap.
- You read Watership Down and see the rabbits as your favorite players (Bigwig = Zdeno Chara; Dandelion = Marc Savard).
- You vacation in Newport and get giddy on the Cliff Walk because you heard David Krejci visited two weeks prior, and he must have walked there!
David Krejci was here! I think.
- You scour Twitter to find hockey players/media to follow (Mine: Joff Lupul, Scottie Upshall, Mike McKenzie, Bob McKenzie, the Bruins).
- When you watch baseball games on DVR, you don’t fast-forward through the hockey promos; you rewind them and watch them again.
- You jump on your team’s schedule as soon as it’s released and have requests for days off on your boss’s desk the next day.
- You log on to TicketMaster on the stroke of 10 a.m. the first day they’re offered to buy tickets to the Bruins rookie game.
- You know that August, not April, is the cruelest month.
(Development camp photo from Auburn-Lewiston Sun Journal; photo of Newport (R.I.) Cliff Walk from Providence Journal)